michael gallucci

ALBUM REVIEW — LEE RANALDO

In album review on 03/01/2012 at 12:00 pm

Lee Ranaldo

Between the Times and the Tides

(Matador)

Lee Ranaldo is Sonic Youth’s George Harrison. Like the Quiet Beatle, guitarist Ranaldo’s two or so songs per album often get lost among the more celebrated contributions by the two main songwriters. But while Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon may be better known as the driving forces behind Sonic Youth, Ranaldo is the more refined player, sneaking in some of the band’s finest songs among all the clatter. Ranaldo has been releasing solo albums since the ’80s – experimental works with titles like Ambient Loop for Vancouver (just like Harrison’s Wonderwall Music!). Between the Times and the Tides isn’t quite Ranaldo’s All Things Must Pass, but it is his first song-oriented LP and his best solo record. Tracks like “Off the Wall” and “Fire Island (Phases)” balance solid indie-rock hooks and subtle guitar heroics, which, naturally, gently weep. 

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